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Phillips & Saltzman Dominate


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The Texscape Services Third Annual Outlaw Outdoors Memorial Day Tournament presented by Ross Motorsports is in the books with one duo dominating the other 79 teams.

It started early in the morning around 7:30 when Clay Phillips and Robert Saltzman caught their big fish of the day. They knew with the predicted hot temperatures, it would be a challenge to keep a fish of that size healthy in their livewell, so they chose to bring her in and weigh her early so we could get her back into the lake while she was healthy. It was the first fish of the day to weigh in and topped the scales at 8.34 pounds.

They went back out to catch four more fish and finish their stringer. Eight hours later they brought in those four fish and those combined with their big bass gave them a total of 26.47 pounds.

That stringer not only held on for the win, but they also took home Pride Rods Big Bass honors. Phillips and Saltzman left the Cassels Boykin Pavilion with checks for $2,200, certificates for two Pride Rods and V&M tackle packs for a grand total of $2,900.

The team of Perry Hooks and Cory Lowery brought in an impressive bag weighing 25.00 pounds for second place and $1,350.

The husband-wife team of Robert & Molly Laird won a check for the fourth day in a row! Their success started on Thursday with a top finish in an evening tournament and continued all the way until Monday! They brought in five fish weighing 23.94 pounds that earned them $1,150.

The fourth place check in the amount of $1,000 was handed out to Brent Johnson and Jared Dean for their stringer of 22.21 pounds.


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Lake Sam Rayburn Weather Forecast


Mostly Cloudy

Hi: 76

Tuesday Night

Mostly Cloudy

Lo: 63


Chance Thunderstorms

Hi: 77

Wednesday Night


Lo: 62



Hi: 76

Thursday Night

Slight Chance Rain Showers

Lo: 61


Mostly Sunny

Hi: 79

Friday Night


Lo: 57

Lake Sam Rayburn Water Level (last 30 days)

Water Level on 4/23: 165.45 (+1.05)

Lake Sam Rayburn Fishing Report from TPWD (Apr. 17)

Water stained; 62–66 degrees; 0.64’ high. Black bass are good on chartreuse/black soft plastics, crankbaits, and spinnerbaits. White bass are good on live minnows and watermelon jigs. Crappie are fair on minnows and green tube jigs. Bream are fair on worms. Catfish are good on nightcrawlers, liver, and cut bait.